Am so ready to get a Butane torch but need some info on whether or
not it will do more than just jump rings.
Hi, Kay-- The better butane torches that I am familiar with will do
more than jump rings. You can solder things up to about an inch
square (depending on mass, of course).
The claim for the Jumbo torch is that it will melt 2oz of silver,
which seems like a lot. I find them a handy adjunct and travel
torch, but for my purposes, I feel quite sure they could never sub
for my propane/oxy Meco, or even my acetylene/air Smith. In other
words, it would make serious metalsmithing a good deal harder, even
if the new ones are better. But I aim to find out, and would be
delighted to be proved wrong.